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List of things to work on (Technology | Business | Personal) – 27th Jan 2023

It’s back to media publishing work on Friday 27th January 2023 after a short 6 days of Chinese Lunar New Year 2023 break that started on 21st January, the Eve of Chinese New Year 2023. For this year, I decided that I am not rushing back into just publishing content or media news coverage in photography, camera, travel, tourism and hospitality industries. I have to plan and prioritise the business side of things and content creation side of things. Here are my list of things to work on (Technology | Business | Personal) – 27th January 2023.

January 2023 started on a pretty hectic pace with Lunar New Year just 3 weeks from New Year and 4 weeks from Christmas 2022 and my birthday falling on the 2nd week of January 2023 (I kind of took a week’s break unknowingly from publishing work). Now is the time to kickstart FY2023 on a proper and formal basis.

Technology and Business

Media News Coverage

I would continue with CES 2023 technology news coverage, scheduling them into the rest of my ongoing technology and business media news coverage, review articles, special theme topics that I might work with news agencies and call for media pitch.

Media Events Coverage

If I do get invited to attend technology media events, I would try my best and usually publish media news coverage. Since I am not a first tier media, I am also not in every brand’s directory of media listings, I would have lesser technology media events to cover.

Technology Writing and Reviews

There are a number of topics of interest on my radar, they are as follows:

  • Sustainability
  • Future of work and hybrid
  • Start ups
  • AI and its impacts
  • Thought leadership on business and technology areas of interests

There are a few technology review backlogs that I would need to get it completed first before deciding on the next batch/genre of gadgets for review, matching the brands/agencies expectations and sometimes demands before deciding whether I should take it on.

Digital Marketing/Social Media Marketing

For this sector, I didn’t start off and do well in 2022. I am learning from the mistakes made there and hope they would help me better prepare for future digital marketing/social media marketing work.

I am going to make mistakes like any human being, I would continue to strive and improve in this journey and space.

Personal

At this point in time, there’s nothing exciting nor happening things. I am continuing to keep a low profile and avoid getting myself into any dramas or falling down into rabbit holes (fittingly suitable in the Year of the Rabbit).

My Instagram stories might show otherwise, yet it actually doesn’t show you much of my life and what I am doing.

Once a while, I might share some personal thoughts and views on world situations, interesting matters or observations, or some personal rantings/updates.

List of things to work on (Photography and Travel)

It’s more than just my list of things to work on listed above, I also have my TGH Photography  business and TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog to manage and work on. Just like this article post, I also have a list of things to work on (Photography and Travel) after my CNY 2023 festive break.

Working in phases/small steps

On top of finding new business/assignments/projects, I have my content creation and writing to handle as well. I am going to start working in phases/small steps, clearing and finishing my things to do and goals.

I shared quite a bit of updates and things to do here for my photography and travel segments. Sometimes I wonder how many people (whether you are in PR, agencies, from the brands or my friends) would read my article and what I shared, in a social media world filled with videos on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram Reels, as well as populated with photos on other social media platforms and chat apps?

On a media publishing break for Chinese New Year 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

Today is Saturday 21st January 2023, it is Chinese New Year (CNY) 2023 Eve. I would like to update that I am on a media publishing break (Technology | Business | Personal) for Lunar New Year (LNY) 2023. I usually take a few days off during the CNY festive period starting from CNY Eve to CNY Day 3 or 4. For 2023, I am taking a break from CNY Eve to CNY Day 4. I am back to business/work/writer mode on CNY Day 5 (26th January 2023).

During this CNY 2023 festive period, while I am on a media publishing break, I am still working in some form/capacity, at a slower pace and reduced capacity during this short CNY festive break, from writing down notes and points for my technology topics articles, consolidating and scheduling my technology media coverage news, catching up on my technology review backlogs.

Sharing Chinese New Year shopping deals and promotions that you can take a look at if you are still planning to upgrade or add on new home and/or kitchen appliances/gadgets or decorating your home with cute anime figurines!

Anyway, I reckon most people would be too busy with CNY 2023 spring cleaning, preparations, followed by CNY festivities, reunions, gatherings and eating, thus they won’t be too interested into what I am writing here, neither am I a first tier media and don’t need to do too much media monitoring.

Have a wonderful Chinese New Year festive gathering with your family and loved ones! Wishing you a Chinese New Year 2023 in advance!

8th Xiaomi Authorised Store Opens at Jurong Point (and Smart Cooking Robot Preview)

Xiaomi opens its 8th Xiaomi Authorised Store at Jurong Point, the lucky number number 8th store on 14th January 2023, one week leading up to Chinese New Year that begins on Sunday 22nd January 2023. It’s an auspicious time for you to visit the lucky no.8 Xiaomi Authorised Store for your Chinese New Year 2023 shopping to transform your home ready (into a smart home with lots of fun and entertainment) to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. When you are shopping at Xiaomi Authorised Store at Jurong Point, remember to check out the Xiaomi Smart Cooking Robot!

What can you expect and discover at the 8th Xiaomi Authorised Store at Jurong Point, the largest suburban shopping mall in Singapore? Consumers can enjoy an in-store experience of an extensive array of AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) products and accompanying accessories. Xiaomi’s latest smartphones, which also connect customers to its ecosystem of smart home and lifestyle products, will be available in the store too.

Nicolas Shi, Country Manager of Xiaomi for Singapore and Malaysia shares, “We’re excited to start the year with good news and new beginnings! Xiaomi Singapore is committed to growing our presence and bringing our latest technologies and AIoT products closer to you. By opening our latest store in Jurong Point, our Xiaomi Fans and consumers will be able to choose, pair up, and experience these products. As always, we have lined up a series of attractive deals as well, and wish everyone prosperity, health as we celebrate the upcoming festive Chinese New Year week ?-gether (together). ”

MasterChef Winner demonstrates Xiaomi latest Smart Cooking Robot

MasterChef Season 3 Winner Jonathan Chew demonstrates Xiaomi latest Smart Cooking Robot at the authorised store official opening celebrations. He demonstrated his baking specialities in desserts.

This latest Smart Cooking Robot by Xiaomi caught my attention during the 8th Authorised Store official opening event, capturing MasterChef S3 winner Jonathan in action during the Smart Cooking Robot demonstration with my camera.

For those into cooking, whether it’s cooking your family or for your cooking passion, do check out Xiaomi latest Smart Cooking Robot, this is slated to officially launch in Singapore in 2023. Stay tuned for this announcement!

This is also the first time the cooking robot is showcased in a Xiaomi Authorised Store, and limited quantities will be available for sale in the store at $1,599.

Johnathan is a Dentistry student who emerged winner in the MasterChef Singapore’s third season, which was completed in July 2022. The self-taught chef is especially known for his expertise in desserts and pastry creations.

Xiaomi Chinese New Year 2023 Promotions (14th Jan – 5th Feb)

Time to usher in auspicious beginnings in the Year of the Rabbit with Xiaomi Chinese New Year 2023 Promotions from 14th January 2023 to 5th February 2023. Enjoy exclusive discounts and promotions islandwide when you purchase selected Xiaomi products from Authorised Xiaomi Stores.

Purchase selected Xiaomi smartphones (Redmi Note 11 Pro 5g, Redmi 10C, Redmi A1, Xiaomi 12 series and Xiaomi 12T series) to stand a chance to win up to $888 vouchers that can be redeemed in the Xiaomi Authorised Stores. Simply follow the steps below to participate:

  1. Purchase any of the selected Xiaomi smartphones (Redmi Note 11 Pro 5g, Redmi 10C, Redmi A1, Xiaomi 12 series and Xiaomi 12T series). Follow Xiaomi Singapore Facebook page.
  2. Post a picture of your best Chinese New Year moments with your Xiaomi Smartphone (with your watermark turned on via the camera settings)
  3. Include #XiaomiSingapore #ChineseNewYearXiaomi in your caption with posting set to public
  4. Gear up for the winner announcement on February 28, 2023 on Xiaomi Singapore’s official Facebook Page

*Original receipt is required upon claiming the prize. Chances will be forfeited if without original receipt. Terms and conditions apply.

Highlights of AIoT promotions include:

  • Purchase the Xiaomi TV A2 4K 58” at $688 (RRP: $999).
  • Purchase the Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 EU at $318 (RRP:$399).

Check out other Xiaomi Chinese New Year 2023 Promotions below!

For more information on Xiaomi Authorised Store at Jurong Point

Address: 63 Jurong West Central 3, #B1-16/17, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648331

Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 11am – 9pm

If you like to keep up to date with Xiaomi latest news, updates and promotions, stay connected through Xiaomi’s Facebook and Instagram.

** Information and pictures courtesy of Xiaomi and APRW **

Hoppy New Year with Miffy at Frasers Property Malls!

Chinese New Year 2023 is just round the corner, we are ushering in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday 22nd January 2023! As we are preparing to celebrate a Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit, you can welcome a Hoppy New Year with Miffy at Frasers Property Malls! Taking place from 6th January to 5th February 2023, you can enjoy an extensive line-up of shopping rewards, handicraft workshops, contest, lucky draws, and exciting holiday treats!

Flourish in Festivities

Frasers Property Malls (1) are offering a handsome lineup of redemptions and rewards as we are preparing for the familiar traditions and rituals of Lunar New Year.

This year 2023, the Malls of Frasers Property have designed environmentally friendly, tree-free red packets for a greener Lunar New Year! Made entirely from bamboo, these vibrant and festive red packets have a significantly reduced environmental impact, while retaining the spirit of this treasured tradition.

From 6 January, spend a minimum of $68 to receive two sets of tree-free red packets! To find out more about these tree-free red packets, visit https://bit.ly/FRxCNYwithMiffy

Shoppers who use GrabPay via the FRx app, we have good news for you! Simply spend $60 with GrabPay via the FRx app to receive a $10 FRx Gift Card. If you spend $30 with PayLater by Grab via the FRx app, you will also be able to redeem a $10 FRx Gift Card.

In partnership with GrabPay, each FRx member can send Miffy eHong Baos to 2 unique recipients in a day and get to receive a $6 FRx Gift Card per day. An in-app confirmation will be sent when the $6 FRx Gift Card is successfully auto-credited to the member’s FRx e-wallet.

This way, shoppers can continue exchanging care, appreciation, and good wishes in an environmentally friendly way. So spread joy and prosperity with your friends and family sustainably throughout the festive season!

Abundance of Prosperity and Good Fortune

As you are preparing to welcome Lunar New Year 2023, shopping for your Chinese New Year goodies, you can have fun with your family and children at participating Malls of Frasers Property (2). Catch the thrilling lion, dragon, war drums, cai qing performances and the roving God of Fortune to usher in good fortune for the Chinese New Year.

Get your cameras ready for the exciting acrobatic endeavours by the lion dance troupe as they usher in good fortune and get a picture with the roving God of Fortune!

Remember this old Chinese saying, “When flowers bloom, prosperity follows.”

Across participating malls of Frasers Property, shoppers can look forward to lucky draw spins (3) and mall activities to usher in good luck and fortune! From 6 January to 5 February, shoppers get to test their skills at the time-attack game when they spend $38 in a single transaction, they get to redeem 2 game plays at the Customer Service Counter. Try to step and score 8.8888 on the timer to win exciting prizes.

Furthermore, head down to these malls (4) to get the latest updates on the zodiac this year from Fengshui World.

Let Your Inner Creativity Blossom

Looking to spruce up your home with unique handcrafted decorations? The Centrepoint, Changi City Point, and Tampines 1 are inviting shoppers to a range of handicraft workshops on weekends, starting 7 January. With a minimum spend of $10-$50, shoppers can sign up for a workshop of their choice, to make their very own MIFFY (5) coin bank, MIFFY blossom tote, DIY traditional fan, DIY pom pom rabbit, essential oil, and floral arrangement. Each workshop is limited to 1 redemption per member per day, only for the first 10 sign-ups so hurry and don’t miss out on your chance to bring home a one-of-a-kind festive décor.

Exciting activities include “HUAT A SURPRISE”, “Fortune Rewards”, “Roving God of Fortune”, “Usher in the New Year”, “Prosperity Bag” and “Doing Good This CNY”. Potential prizes include shopping vouchers, wine, red thermal bags, and surprise ang baos! To enjoy these rewards, all shoppers need to do is to scan their FRx member QR code when they spend at participating stores.

For more information on Hoppy New Year with Miffy at Frasers Property Malls!

Please visit www.FrasersExperience.com for more information on the full list of activities and rewards for shoppers at Frasers Property Malls.

Wishing you a Hoppy New Year with Miffy at Frasers Property Malls!

Notes:

(1) Participating malls include Changi City Point, Causeway Point, Century Square, Eastpoint Mall, Hougang Mall, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Waterway Point, White Sands, Valley Point. 

(2) Participating malls: Changi City Point, Causeway Point, East Point Mall, Hougang Mall, NorthPoint City, Tiong Bahru Plaza and Waterway Point.

(3) Participating malls: Changi City Point, Causeway Point, Century Square and Tampines 1.

(4) Participating malls: White Sands, Tampines 1, Waterway Point, Century Square and Changi City Point.

(5) MIFFY workshops only available at The Centrepoint.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Frasers Property and Black Dot *

Singtel CNY – Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy!

Chinese New Year (CNY) 2023 is just round the corner, we would be ushering and welcoming the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday 22nd January 2023. Singtel is celebrating CNY with everyone with the release of CNY festive film titled, “Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy!”, pointing towards the incoming Year of the Rabbit and how quick-footed technology helps bond people and enriches their modern digital/social media lifestyles – from seamless content streaming to e-gaming. This year’s festive CNY film also highlights Singtel’s commitment to provide prompt, quality service to customers which serves as a key differentiator of its services.

Before we go into this year’s Singtel CNY festive film, do you remember “His Grandfather’s Road“, “My Grandmother’s House” and “The Hunt for the Lucky Tiger“? They are the previous CNY festive short films produced by Singtel and they have chalked up to over 20 million views to date. The message of strengthening bonds with families and friends over CNY has resonated deeply with viewers who found them heartwarming and meaningful.

“Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy!” is the 4th instalment in Singtel’s CNY series featuring the well-loved rival families, the Angs and the Huangs. This 5-minute film retains and sustains the same sitcom-style comedy that we are familiar with from the previous CNY festive short films, starting with both families discovering that they have become neighbours.

As one of the earlier residents, the Angs visit the Huangs, and it takes no time for the mothers to start getting competitive over the size of their television sets, before getting excited over the launch of a new K-Drama series streaming that day. The story takes a turn when the internet connection appears to go down and televisions in both homes go blank. Frantic, the families call their respective service providers for help.

 You can now watch “Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy!” short film on Singtel TV and various social media channels!

According to a recent report by IMDA, on how telecom service providers handle consumer feedback per 10,000 subscribers for the months of August and September 2022, Singtel has just 0.25 and 0.14 complaints about broadband services and a very low 0.01 and 0.03 complaints for mobile services in August and September respectively.

Singtel was also the quickest to respond to calls on its hotline and live chats among the service providers – with customers waiting an average of only 0.77 minutes in August and 0.33 minutes in September. About 86% and 75% of the complaints received through these channels were resolved within the first 5 days from receipt.

Anna Yip, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Customer service lies at the heart of the Singtel customer experience and this film underscores our commitment to providing personalised, empathetic and accessible service to our customers. While the pandemic saw many consumers turn to digital channels for convenience, we know that our customers still value in-person onsite services when necessary and speedy resolutions to their issues and we are constantly striving to deliver to those expectations. We intend to keep investing in our people and processes to deliver a service quality that sets us apart from the competition.”

Lian Pek, Vice President for Group Strategic Communications and Brand, Singtel, said, “In today’s hyper connected world, technology plays a critical role in connecting people and supporting their digital-first lifestyles. But as played out in our latest festive film, sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s where a committed service provider makes all the difference. Customers either rave about great service or complain about bad. So customer service has literally become marketing. Our brand promise is built on the delivery of quality customer service and this is certainly one of Singtel’s biggest competitive advantages.”

Singtel’s festive film is accompanied by a real world look at how Singtel staff have supported customers over the years. Among those featured in a separate short video is Mr Tan Lam Liong, who has been with Singtel for 45 years and heads a team that tests all home devices, such as routers and set-top boxes before they are installed in customers’ homes. He also helps with any follow-up issues they may face.

He says, “I love troubleshooting and solving problems. I get a sense of satisfaction when I’m able to resolve a customer’s concerns and they are happy.”

This behind-the-scenes look at Singtel’s customer care team will be released on Singtel’s LinkedIn page.

* Information and photos courtesy of Singtel *

Acer at CES 2023

Acer, one of the world’s top ICT companies, is proud to showcase an extensive range of new products announcements at CES 2023, from a host of mobility, gaming, and technological innovations at the Next@Acer 2023 press conference.

These new products are aimed at empowering real-life experiences and Acer invites users to explore the new balance. The new product line-up are

  1. Aspire
  2. Predator
  3. Chromebox
  4. eKinekt
  5. SpatialLabs TrueGame

Let me bring you into Acer at CES 2023 with a short write up and summary of each product line-up announcements.

Aspire

Acer announced refreshed models of its Aspire all-in-ones and laptops, designed to support families’ day-to-day productivity and entertainment needs, while adding a touch of style to the home environment.

The new Acer Aspire announcements are:

Acer Aspire S Series All-in-One PCs

Slim yet powerful, the Acer Aspire S all-in-one Windows 11 PC is available in 27- and 32-inch models powered by up to 13th Gen Intel® Core processors, as well as Intel Iris® Xe and Intel® Arc™ A-Series graphics for seamless everyday computing.

Acer Aspire 5 Laptops

Acer Aspire 5 Series notebooks pack serious power with the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX® GPUs for smooth multi-tasking and enhanced content-editing performance.

Acer Aspire 3 Laptops

The ready-to-go Acer Aspire 3 line features the new Intel® Core™ i3-N series processors, focusing on productivity and ease-of-use for the whole family.

Predator

Acer announced two powerful Predator Helios gaming laptops and a pair of Predator gaming monitors.

The new Acer Predator announcements are:

Predator Helios 16, Predator Helios 18 Laptops

The all-new Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 Windows 11 gaming laptops feature 13th Gen Intel® Core processors, NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs and a plethora of must-have gaming features.

Predator Helios 16
Predator Helios 18

Predator X45 & X27U Gaming Monitors

The Predator X45 boasts a giant curved 45-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) OLED display, ideal for professional and console gamers, and was bestowed a 2023 CES Innovation Award.

Predator X45

The Predator X27U gaming monitor with its 27-inch WQHD (2560×1440) OLED panel, blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.01 ms pixel response time delivers incredibly smooth gameplay on PCs.

PREDATOR X27U

Chromebox

Acer expanded its ChromeOS product line with the new Acer Chromebox CXI5 and Chromebox Enterprise CXI5. It also announced the Acer Add-In-One 24, a modular all in one solution consisting of either the Acer Chromebox CXI5 or the Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI5 and a 24-inch FHD docking monitor.

Acer’s latest Chromebox is easy to set up, use, and manage while maximizing space in commercial and education settings including classrooms, libraries, reception areas, offices, kiosks, and more.

The new Acer Chromebox announcements are:

Acer Chromebox CXI5 and Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI5

The compact Acer Chromebox CXI5 and Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI5 support up to 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors, Intel vPro® that is built for business, and up to four external displays.

Acer Chromebox CXI5
Chromebox Enterprise CXI5

Acer Add-In-One 24, an all in one desktop solution

Acer Add-In-One 24 becomes an all in one desktop, consisting of either an Acer Chromebox CXI5 or Acer Chromebox Enterprise CXI5 docked to a 24-inch FHD monitor, which can be easily swapped for future upgrades and repairs.

eKinekt

Acer  announced the eKinekt BD 3 bike desk, a desk combined with a stationary bike to empower sustainable and healthier lifestyles.

eKinekt

Summary on eKinekt BD 3 bike desk

  • The eKinekt BD 3 converts energy from the rider’s pedaling power to charge laptops or other devices, allowing for exercise and work productivity at the same time
  • The eco-friendly bike desk incorporates PCR Plastic in its desktop and casing, while promoting a creative way for professionals to combat sedentary lifestyles
  • Features two USB Type-A and one USB Type-C port for multiple mobile device charging, a bag hook, and a beverage holder
  • Available Working and Sports Modes allow users to easily shift desk positions while pedaling to either focus on tasks or workouts
  • Companion smartphone app helps review progress over time and shows information such as duration, calories burned, and watts generated

SpatialLabs TrueGame

Acer today announced a major update to its SpatialLabs TrueGame, the glasses-free 3D gaming application, with the addition of a 3D Ultra mode.

SpatialLabs TrueGame

Summary on SpatialLabs TrueGame

  • The 3D Ultra mode in SpatialLabs TrueGame allows gamers to venture deeper into the world of 3D gaming in addition to the 3D+ gaming mode
  • Gamers can customize stereo 3D effects based on their visual and performance preferences with its 3D Sense feature
  • SpatialLabs TrueGame application unlocks one-click stereoscopic 3D gameplay and access to AAA titles such as God of War, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Octopath Traveler, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and Psychonauts 2
  • New TrueGame forum in SpatialLabs Community for gamers to exchange ideas and experiences

Pricing and Availability

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Acer and Gloo *

Jabra at CES 2023

Jabra, a world leader in personal sound and office solutions, is showcasing its extensive true wireless range at CES 2023 with the latest additions to its Elite and Evolve series. The latest additions are Jabra Elite 5 and Jabra Evolve2 Buds.

The Jabra Elite 5 is the newest product to Jabra’s flagship Elite line-up, featuring Hybrid ANC and 6-mic call technology for powerful calls and music from anywhere. As for the Jabra Evolve2 Buds, they are the newest product in Jabra’s Evolve series, the earbuds are designed for flexible, hybrid and remote working.

Both products have been named honourees in the 2023 CES Innovation Awards under the audio and headphones category.

Jabra Elite 5: true wireless earbuds with Hybrid ANC   

The Jabra Elite 5 is the latest product in Jabra’s Elite range that features the new Hybrid ANC technology, powered by the Qualcomm QCC3050 Bluetooth chipset. The Hybrid ANC uses feedback microphones on the inside of the ear, and feedforward microphones on the outside. This makes the ANC less sensitive to the positioning in the ear, ensuring a more reliable noise cancellation across a wider range of frequencies.

This all-round hero is made for those needing to take calls from anywhere and is great for enjoying media during leisure. This is thanks to 6-microphone call technology with external mics that are constantly active, as well as internal mics that give your voice a helping hand when it’s windy outside.

Jabra Evolve2 Buds: pocketable earbuds for hybrid working

Designed to boost concentration and improve collaboration, the Evolve2 Buds are perfect for professionals working on the go. The true wireless buds are certified for leading virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and use the latest technology to reduce disruptive background noise and enable clearer calls.

The Evolve2 Buds enable users to have high-quality conversations with Jabra MultiSensor Voice™, which uses a unique combination of four microphones, bone conduction sensors, and advanced algorithms to block out as much of the surrounding noise as possible.

Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra said, “We are delighted to be back in Las Vegas to showcase the newest products in our true wireless line-up. In the past year we have brought several unique additions to our offerings, with earbuds engineered for hybrid work. CES marks the start of yet another exciting year of innovation to come.”

Jabra at CES 2023

If you like to know more about Jabra at CES 2023, please visit www.jabra.com/ces and check them out.

For more information about Jabra and its range of products, please visit www.jabra.com.

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Elite 5 (S$228) is available at selected retailers and both Jabra Elite 5 and Jabra Evolve2 Buds (S$424) are available in Jabra online store www.jabra.sg.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jabra and Gloo *

3rd January 2023 – Celebrating 15 years of TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

On 3rd January today, 15 years ago in 2008, TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog was officially launched with not much branding and fanfare, it was titled “Tan Geng Hui Personal Blog” if I recalled correctly. In the blink of an eye, 15 years had passed, this personal/technology website has changed and transformed so much over the years into the TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog that organisations, media outlets, PR agencies and supporters know about today.

A small and humble beginning

TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog had a small and humble beginning. In 2008, this website was created to separate technology and business topics away from my other portal/blog TGH Photography and Travel, allowing them to specialise in both areas, and allowing me to  expand on food, hospitality and creative side of things.

TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog celebrated its 15 years milestone on 10th April 2021, a milestone that I was proud of, the visual storytelling journeys that I embarked on, along with the growth, changes and honing of my craft and skills over the years.

I am humbled by my years of technology and business media news coverage, yet I personally don’t feel doing as much as compared to what I did for my 15 years milestone for my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog.

Growth, Change, and Transformation over the past 15 years

For those brands, organisations, PR agency folks and loyal supports who had worked with me or followed my website over the past 15 years. You will know first hand how much this website has grown, changed and transformed over the past 15 years.

From just covering consumer technology news/topics/interests to covering media news coverage in the enterprise/B2B technology and startups sectors.

The stages of growth, change and transformation started around 5-10 years back when I started to visit more technology conferences, that’s where I ventured into the enterprise technology and startups sectors.

As I grew older along with my websites, my special topics of interest expanded into future technology trends and changes, digital transformation digital marketing/social media marketing, Fin-Tech, blockchain and NFT.

 

A personal writing space for the writer in me

A personal writing space in a heavy content technology and business sectors might not seem to be the best complement or combination.

Everyone talks about technology jargon and applications, yet there were gaps in how to bring them to the ground level and in a language and style that most people can understand. This might not be the easiest thing to do, it’s not just about your language skills, it’s how you understand the technology, gadgets and how it plays a part in our daily life and work.

Being able to write freely, away and beyond technology and business topics, allowed me to hone and refine my writing skills (and I still have a lot of room for improvement), as well giving me another alternative space for writing on very personal deep in my heart matters, also deep thought leadership and opinions.

Through my years of writing on both visual storytelling approach and in-depth personal thoughts approach, I was encouraged and enlightened by “No Missing Tools: Creativity in an Age of Abundance” by Fernando Gros, that we are and can be creative in our own self, that just need to believe and trust in ourselves for our inner most creativity to be unleashed.

What’s next ahead for TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog?

15 years not out, I am continuing to strive forward, writing, media news coverage and sharing thought leadership in key areas. What’s next ahead for TGH Technology and Business in the next 5,10, 15, 20 years and beyond?

I can’t see what’s going to happen in the future, I can share what I am working on right now and in the very near future, would be in the areas of

  • Expand on special topics of interest such as sustainability
  • Future technology trends and changes e.g. Future of Work, Impacts of AI, Digital Transformation, Web 3.0, NFT
  • Thought leadership in technology and business industries

All of them tied in closely with my Yearly Theme 2023 for my technology, business and personal sectors – “Transform”.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

My Yearly Theme 2023 for Technology, Business and Personal is “Transform”.

Why “Transform”?

This word “Transform” was chosen for its connection to my 15 years milestone for my TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog, how can I can change, transform and improve, from my media news coverage, business and technology analysis, social media marketing/digital marketing and as a writer?

Join me in my “Transform” adventures in 2023

I would like to invite all of you, come join me in my transformation exploration in my technology, business and writer journeys in 2023 and beyond.

Together we can and we might discover something common to work on, advocate together and transform the way we work and live, and on special themes that we can push for more awareness and publicity.

Last but not least, I would like to say a big Thank You for your support, your belief and trust in me, and encouragement over the past 15 years, I would continue to strive and work even harder in my technology and business media news coverage and thought leadership.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal)

It’s Monday 2nd of January 2023, the start of a brand week in a fresh New Year 2023,. Looking back at Year 2022, it was a mixed bag of an onward journey, results and outcomes, filled with its fair share of ups and downs. As the world economy reopens in 2022, reopening their borders and lifting of risk management measures, it’s a much awaited return that the world desires, the route to recovery was gradual as we return back to a more normal lifestyle.    

Inspired by Fernando GrosHow to choose a Yearly Theme”, this is my 4th year writing and announcing a Yearly Theme, an approach that I personally feel that it’s more forward looking for a new future, a new era of working, thinking and how we connect as an individual, as a collective, society and the world. It’s not that goal settings or setting resolutions are no longer popular or useful, they still have a purpose and it still works for some people or industries

Recap of previous Yearly Themes

Before I announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for my technology, business and personal, let me bring you back into my previous Yearly Themes through a recap below:

Yearly Theme 2023 (Technology | Business | Personal) – “Transform”

Now let me introduce and announce my Yearly Theme 2023 for Technology, Business and Personal – “Transform”.

Why “Transform”?

This word “Transform” was chosen for its connection to a 15 years milestone for my TGH Technology and Business website, how can I can change, transform and improve, from my media news coverage, business and technology analysis, social media marketing/digital marketing and as a writer?

15 Years of TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

My TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog is marking and celebrating a 15 years milestone in Year 2023. How has my website and writing transformed over the past 15 years and how am I going to transform my website and writing moving forward? There are probably more questions than answers right now. The answers might appear when I do more in-depth and write more, on both professional and personal basis.

In an upcoming article, I would share more thoughts and feelings behind my 15 years (and still counting) journey, that brought me a lot more than what I could have asked and planned for.

 

Technology and Business Media News Coverage

How am I gong to transform in how I cover technology and business media news coverage? With more in-depth interviews and thoughts? Should I cover and build up more enterprise/B2B technology media news?

Key technology topics and trends that I am looking to cover more in this year 2023 – Impacts of AI technology, Digital Transformation, B2B technology for SMB, Future of Work, Future Cities, Sustainability, Fin-Tech, Blockchain, NFT and Web 3.0.

Writing and Thought Leadership

I am spending more time writing on topics of heavier load nature, as well as sharing more about thought leadership in the business and technology sectors. How can I improve and transform my technology, business and personal writing onto another higher level of thought leadership, thinking and writing?

My personal writing on a technology and business content heavy website, gives another different perspective and dimension to my articles writing. I am still constantly honing and improving my writing and craft. A personal voice in thought leadership topics, we need to see more these from writers around the world.

New set of Uncertainties and Dark Clouds in 2023

How can I transform, change and adapt in a year of new set of uncertainties in 2023? What are the uncertainties that world economy might be facing in this year? Could the economic and political situations turn for the worst in 2023? We are facing inflation, higher costs of living, economic slowdown (or even possibly world recession) and geo-political worldwide crisis in a worst worst case scenario.

In a period of uncertainties and political crisis in some regions (hopefully it doesn’t escalate beyond that stage into bigger crisis), there might be new opportunities. Time to explore other opportunities as a new set of dark clouds (challenges and uncertainties) looms over 2023.

Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)

In this year 2023, I decide to try something different again, I chose two themes, one for my TGH  Technology and Business Portal/Blog, one for my TGH Photography and Travel Portal/Blog. What did I choose for my Yearly Theme 2023 (Photography and Travel)?

Join me in my “Transform” adventures in 2023

I would like to invite all of you, come join me in my transformation exploration in my technology, business and writer journeys in 2023.

Together we can and we might discover something common to work on, advocate together and transform the way we work and live, and on special themes that we can push for more awareness and publicity.

Wishing Everyone Happy New Year 2023!

Today is Monday 1st January 2023, we have officially started a fresh new year 2023! First and foremost, wishing all of you a Happy New Year 2023! Starting off Year 2023 with a fireworks photo shot at Star Island Singapore event at the Floating Platform, part of Marina Bay Singapore New Year Eve 2023 Countdown events around the Marina Bay area.

We had low key and subdued New Year Eve celebrations for the past 2 years (2020 and 2021) due to the global pandemic situation at the time. Being able to welcome Year 2023 with a big bang of amazing choreographed and beautiful fireworks display was most welcome by many of us.

Looking back at Year 2022 in Review: Reflecting Year 2022 (Photography | Travel) and Reflecting Year 2022 (Technology | Business | Personal), it’s time for a fresh new start in a fresh new year 2023. The year ahead has its own new set of challenges and concerns, even as we are moving out and away from the global pandemic that rocked us upside down in 2020.

My TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog is marking a 15 years milestone in Year 2023. I would be sharing more about my thoughts and feelings on reaching this milestone, future plans and directions.

To all the organisations, partners and people that I work with, from technology (consumer and enterprise) brands, startups, Future of Web3.0, PR agencies and writers community. I look forward to working closer together with you in the Year 2023.

Once again, wishing all of you a Happy New Year 2023! Good luck and all the best in the year ahead! Wishing all of you great health and happiness with your family and loved ones! May you reach for the stars in the sky along with beautiful fireworks lighting up the night sky, and your goals, objectives and wishes for this year 2023 all come true!